As I announce my re-election bid to continue as your sheriff, please know it is with gratitude and humility that I thank you for allowing me to serve you the past eleven years. Good people live in this parish and deserve an experienced, responsible and accountable sheriff’s office.
In 2012, the Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office was operating on borrowed money and was required to file a monthly financial report with the Louisiana Legislative Auditor.
The financial stability of the office was the first priority when I assumed office. I instituted a purchase order system and reduced all expenses. The St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office gave me all of their old uniforms and we wore them for 2 years. I obtained used vehicles from other sheriff’s and swapped parts to keep the fleet running.
In 2014, the citizens were gracious enough to grant the office a ½-cent sales tax. I was then able to purchase uniforms, vehicles and other items necessary for the office.
The second priority was to get a new jail to replace the old one on top of the courthouse. I secured a $6.7 million loan payable in 40 years from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development. The new detention center was opened in October 2018 and in January 2022 the loan was paid off. A million dollars in interest was saved. I restored honesty and integrity back to the sheriff’s office.
Another accomplishment has been that the pay and benefits for the deputies has almost doubled since I took office. They are provided body cameras and bulletproof vests. Each deputy is required to complete 20 hours of training each year.
Our fleet is constantly updated, and each unit is equipped with a camera and global positioning system to protect the deputies.
During the past few months I have sponsored active shooter classes for all first responders in Winn Parish. I hope we never have an active shooter at any of our schools, but we much be prepared.
Since the loan for the detention center has been paid off, I’ve accomplished my goal of placing a school resource officer at each school in Winn Parish.
I humbly ask for your vote and support so I may continue to protect and serve you in Winn Parish.